The sonorous sounds of the alphorns are famous for inducing the ambience of the Alps. Also called the Alpenhorn or the Alpine Horn, the alphorn produces a wonderful, rich tone reminiscent of an open French Horn. The alphorn measures about twelve feet long, and although not loud, in the proper environmental conditions, the horn can be heard six to seven miles away. As a group, the alphorns produce amazing harmonization and breathtaking music. The Alphorns of Salzburger Echo are available for booking for all kinds of events. You can schedule one player, or you can have a group of alphorn players for your next event.
Traditionally, the horn is made from a single spruce tree, growing from the side of a hill, hence the upward curve of the bell. The tree is cut at the rootline, stripped of bark and branches, and then split laterally. Each half is hollowed, shaped, and smoothed. The halves are then glued and pressed back together, then overwrapped tightly with birch rattan. A wooden ring finishes the bell, and a mouthpiece receptacle is fixed to the small end. Many makers will then finish the horn with a hard lacquer and decorate the bell with hand-painted flowers or alpine scenes. Some makers will even carve the decorations into the wood of the bell in a bas-relief engraving.
Today, horns are made from several materials, including wood, laminates, and fiber-resin composites.